Left: Congratulations to the new Tsuu T’ina Chief Lee Crowchild & the entire Council:
I was humbled & honoured to attend your Inauguration—it was an unforgettable & inspiring occasion!
Right: Thanks to all Calgary-Lougheed residents who attended our Annual Christmas Open House: I truly appreciate your invaluable input—all year long!
Bottom: It was an honour to introduce the Law family at the Legislature:
I support the rights of families to choose how to educate their children!
It was a grueling fall session; & I am so proud of my PC colleagues who did all they could to restore what we used to know as the Alberta Advantage--including introducing numerous well-researched & thoughtful, practical amendments to ideologically driven & damaging NDP gov’t legislation. In the past month alone--in question period--I have asked very serious questions:
It was also an honour to spearhead amendments to the misguided Electrical Utilities & Renewable Electricity Acts (which completely dismantle a reliable, efficient system); & the Modernized Municipal Gov’t Act--legislation that was so ill-conceived that the gov’t had to entertain many dozens of their own amendments to the bill!
I also raised 3 points of order re: the new Election Financing Act, which vastly skews the advantage in favour of the NDP.
It was a pleasure to table Calgary-Lougheed letters opposed to the Veterinarians Bill (which was so intrusive that the legislation was pulled off the table, like a number of other bills that had not been consulted upon properly)
1. We treasure the contributions our fmr Premier made to our country; & our hearts go out to the Prentice family.
2. It was an honour to be selected to represent all AB MLA’s in laying this Remembrance Day Wreath at the Leg-.
3. I salute amazing AB’s Marty, Tammy, & all on the Paralympic Team--you made our entire Nation proud! J
4. Thanks to all for your support in my first session as PC House Leader: it is a rare opportunity I take seriously.
5. & 6. At the NW Refinery, in the Legislature, & beyond, I am proud to stand up for AB’s Oil & Gas Industry.
7. As PC Advocate for Adv’d Ed, Indigenous Rel’s, & Wellness, I truly enjoy meeting with all of our stakeholders.
- Thanks to all Calgary-Lougheed residents who attended our Oct 25 “Alberta Issues” Roundtable. I was pleased to bring your thoughtful opinions forward to the NDP gov’t; I just wish they would listen to more of them! Note: I have always been honoured to represent you as the MLA for Calgary-Lougheed; & hope I am doing so in a way that you would approve of. Please visit daverodney.ca to view my most recent speeches in the Legislature: Remembrance Day, Bill 28 (Public Health Amendment Act); AB’s Agencies, Boards, & Commissions…& much more. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
- Our PC Caucus remains focused on holding the NDP accountable for their harmful policy decisions. Our PC team is providing a thoughtful, common-sense alternative. The NDP has saddled future generations with crippling debt payments, while driving jobs & investment out of AB--at an unprecedented rate. We have repeatedly called for a practical approach to spending, climate change, & job creation; but instead, we are facing an $11 billion budget deficit, a $3 billion per year carbon tax, & job losses topping 100,000…just for starters.
- During this legislative session, I have been proud that our PC team continues to voice a rational, real-life perspective on proposed NDP legislation. We strongly urged the gov’t to drop their attack on AB power companies with their lawsuit against Power Purchase Arrangements--& AB’s; provided alternatives to support investment in AB by private industry; & keep energy prices low. Let’s hope the gov’t delivers this.
- The Premier & the NDP are intent on implementing their Climate Leadership Plan, including a cap on oil sands emissions & a 30% renewable electricity target; but sadly, their legislation contains precious little detail on how they plan to implement these policies. Furthermore, they give sweeping powers to the Minister & Cabinet to fill in the blanks--later-- behind closed doors. This is not the transparency & accountability that the NDP promised AB’s; & we believe that the details need to be debated openly. Our PC caucus will continue to pushing the gov’t to be honest with AB’s about their plans for this transformative change in the way we develop our resources & supply reliable electricity.
Please join Dave Rodney, MLA Calgary-Lougheed for his Alberta Issues Meeting
October 25, 2016 7pm-9pm
Woodcreek Community Hall
1991 Woodview Drive S.W. (Woodlands)
Top: Thanks to all volunteers at our Annual MLA Picnic in Fish Creek Park, & to the hundreds of Calgary-Lougheed residents who sampled Spolumbo’s!
Middle: As PC Advocate for Advanced Education, Wellness, & Indigenous Rel’s,
I am very interested in your suggestions in each of these areas, & in all ministries!
Bottom: Remembrance/Every Day--“Lest we forget!” (Evergreen LDS/Canada Day,
Military PTSD Climb/Mount Buller, “Heroes Behind the Heroes”/Spruce Meadows)
Southwest Calgary Ringroad Update:
Premier Peter Lougheed began planning for the Calgary ring road decades ago--& for 12 years I have been humbled & honoured to work with our previous gov’t to successfully negotiate the historic agreement with the T’suu Tina Nation--so I am very pleased to see this extremely important transportation infrastructure project taking shape. Vision & foresight--along with significant provincial investment over the years--has made this vital highway possible. AB Transportation has entered into an interim agreement with Mountain View Partners; & this allows them to undertake preliminary work on the SWCRR in advance of signing the long-term project agreement. This early work allows contractors to get started on critical items such as utility relocations & other preliminary works necessary for the project. Community members may see crews & equipment on site for this spec- work. The full long-term agreement with Mountain View Partners was to be executed this fall. The SWCRR involves construction from Highway 8 to Macleod Trail SE, & includes reconstruction of Glenmore Tr- from Sarcee Tr- to east of 37th St- SW. The project includes 31 km’s of 6 & 8 lane divided highway, 14 interchanges, a flyover, a railway crossing flyover, & 3 river crossings. The NDP is following the plan laid out by the former PC gov’t, & it shows the value of the P3 model: it is currently under budget due to lower costs for labour & materials. The deadline for completion of the roadway from Hwy 22 to Glenmore Tr- is 2022; & I will continue to do all I can to ensure that happens—early & under budget, if at all possible!
Problems I hoped I would never see in AB:
While the NDP Gov’t does not control the price of oil, it certainly controls its policy reaction to it; & that’s the problem. As a result, for the first time since Statistics Canada began collecting data, AB’s unemployment rate has actually surpassed that of Nova Scotia! Soon after the May 2015 election, the NDP hiked taxes on personal income, alcohol, tobacco, train fuel, & education property, & much more; & they doubled the existing big emitter carbon levy. Substantial minimum wage hikes have hit employers this year (& will again next year, & the year after that…); & as of January 1, AB’s will be clobbered with the $6 Billion carbon tax that the NDP failed to mention before they were elected. Then there’s that record $10 Billion single year deficit, with over $1 billion going to debt-servicing—every year! Sadly, there is much, much more. Fellow AB’s: is this the way you want AB to be? If not, will you let the NDP gov’t know how you feel?
L: Thank you--Rt Hon Stephen Harper--for all the incredible things you have done for Canada!
C: Sadly, we have lost an intrepid Albertan: fmr Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Norman Kwong. In my first year as an MLA, I was named “one of our most influential people” by AB Venture; & I was asked who influenced me…I immediately answered “Normie Kwong--for his inspirational accomplishments on the field, with his family, & across Alberta”! We will miss you, Normie!
R: An honour to be a special guest at the “Magnificent Men Leadership Lunch”--with Brian Burke--for the Canadian Centre for Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse…we must stop abuse of all kinds!
The NDP gov’t continues to choose ideology over families; & a short list of recent examples include
Top Left: From Sept 30 – Oct 2, I hope you celebrate AB’s diverse heritage, arts, & community spirit--during the Annual AB Culture Days--which our previous PC gov’t initiated almost a decade ago!
Top Right: I was pleased to participate in the 150 km Gran Fondo again this year; & as fmr PC Minister of Wellness, I encourage all AB’s to take care of themselves in whatever way they can. As Advocate for Advanced Education, also I salute the U of C for their inclusive new outdoor participation program!
Lower Left: It was an honour to support the Nathan O’Brien Home Run Derby for less advantaged AB kids!
Lower Right: Have a safe, happy Halloween, everyone! (Last year we went as the Stampeders, who are doing a great job giving treats to Calgary fans--& tricks to the rest of the CFL!)
Addressing the Root Causes of Illness
When our Progressive Conservative Caucus launched “ENGAGE”, we asked “how can we create a culture of increasing quality of life & improving health outcomes, while decreasing healthcare costs?”; & “how do we ensure that AB’s have access to the best quality health care system, while ensuring that costs are kept under control”?
In the past decade, national per-capita healthcare spending has risen 55%; & today, AB spends the second-most per-capita in the country; however, we are contracting chronic illness at unprecedented rates, regardless of spending increases! According to Kim Elmslie, Federal Ass’t Deputy Minister for Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, one in four children & one in six adults over the age of 20 are obese or overweight…& obesity is a precursor for a wide range of chronic ailments such as diabetes, cancer, lower back pain, depression, & hypertension.
In AB alone, the total economic burden of chronic illness is at least $904 million--according to Professor Tapan Chowdhury--U of A Professor & author of the report “Chronic Disease Management & Primary Care in AB”. How can we continually spend more on healthcare, & still see steady increases in disease prevalence? Where is our return on investment?
When the Progressive Conservatives were last in gov’t, I truly appreciated the privilege of serving as the Assoc- Minister of Wellness. I was tasked with brainstorming programs & policies to help keep AB’s healthy, happy, & out of hospital…as much as possible. I was also responsible for designing actions that were positive, preventative, & proactive, in an effort to improve return on investment for healthcare spending. It was a tremendous honour; & we made great strides with the introduction of the most comprehensive document of its kind: “Alberta’s Strategic Approach to Wellness”…a framework that was the result of rigorous & comprehensive province-wide consultation. Extremely successful programs emerged from this consultation, including U-Walk, the Premier’s Awards for Healthy Workplaces, AB Workplace Wellness Summits, Int’l Wellness Symposia, the Tobacco Reduction Act, & many more.
Sadly though, since taking office, the NDP gov’t has been taking AB in the wrong direction on this file. The internationally acclaimed Healthy-U campaign, which educated AB’s on healthy lifestyles has been eliminated; & the AB Get Outdoors (“GO!”) Weekend--enshrined in legislation--was completely overlooked this year by this gov’t. They have deprioritized the issue of wellness by not assigning the file to a minister, & by letting all the world-leading work done by the previous gov’t fall by the wayside.
Despite all of this, my honourable PC colleagues & I will continue to implore this gov’t to concentrate on the root causes of illness, so that AB’s can enjoy a better quality of life--while reducing health care costs!